I hate the word rule because people associate it with “the law” as in—don’t break this unless you want to be in some serious trouble. Maybe I live more in what Jack Sparrow would call “guidelines”… or if you prefer a more credible source, how about good ol’ Merriam-Webstera piece of advice about the best way to do something.  

In light of such understanding, here are a few of my rules…


1. Always accept the leftovers from your sister-in-law’s dinner.

It was RIDICULOUSLY good and you know you would rather go out than try to make something like that at home. So best to accept the leftovers and have free lunch for the next couple of days.

2. Say yes at least once.

Whether it’s a date, a new food, or a book—give it a try at least once. (Usually the book and the new food I end up liking… I usually regret the date.)

3. Texts=short, quick pieces of information. Phone call=conversation

These are not transformative. Texts are to say “hi” or “I’m going to be here… want to meet?”. Do not use texts to have long drawn out conversations about my relationship with my brothers. Keep texts short and if you want to talk to me, give me a call.

4. Don’t make fun of my exercising.

Seriously. No jokes are allowed. If you see me doing the running man because that’s what freaking Jillian Michaels is telling me I have to do, don’t ask me if I’m winning the race. It’s not funny. I’m trying to do something hard. So no jokes.

5. It’s okay to admit when you don’t know something.

Don’t pretend like you know. Go ahead and Google on your phone while the conversation is happening and then come in with some brilliant line that you stole from Wikipedia. But don’t act like you know when you don’t. It will just end up bad for you.

To be continued….